Monday, August 6, 2018

Matchbook Monday

It's time for Matchbook Monday.  Some real Jackson history is posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section as you enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to

Back in the 90's, the hot place to go downtown (when there was still a Butler Snow, Horne, C Spire, and other such businesses who had not yet moved), was Nick Apostle's 400 East Capitol.  It rivaled Bravo's bar on Friday evening's after work in terms of popularity for  a couple of years.

Remember Northgate on North State Street?

Moving to the coast brings back memories of the department store cafeteria.  D.H. Holmes used to run such eateries in some of its stores.

Here is another set of the Hotel Heidelberg.


Anonymous said...

The Jackson Public Schools need to be reminded of the D.H. Holmes' motto, "Trust is like a 2-way street".

Louis LeFleur said...

At last a Matchbook Monday series where I remember all the places and don't have to ask any questions! The flip side of that is it reminds me how old I am, but then again, other had memories of previous series so they had to be older than I am. D.H. Holmes, yes, but not cafeterias, at least not in the Jackson area that I remember and I don't see any such matchbooks for Jackson. Especially thanks for the Heidelberg Hotel, which I remember since it closed sometime when I was in college and wasn't demolished till after I got married. Have pretty vivid memories of going to some things there late 60's and early 70's. Since Primos Northgate was in "my" part of town, I could almost say I grew up there. Many a Sunday lunch there, prom night, always the deli, etc...

Anonymous said...

D.H. Holmes brings back good memories. It was a cut above the other local department stores. As a teenager, I always felt like I was going into a special place when I went to Holmes.

Kingfish said...

D.H. Holmes. Friend of mine went to prom in Baton Rouge. Date took her to The Village before the big shindig. Waiter managed to spill a bunch of food or drink all over it. She was of course, mortified. Village called up D.H. Holmes (Bon Marche Mall down the street) and the store rushed a dress right over in the right size. Restaurant took care of her, of course.

Anonymous said...

so a guy bets a bartender that he can fart the National anthem, of course the bet is taken, so when he gets up on the bar and shits everywhere the bartender gets mad and asks he guy WFT just happened. “I’m just warming up” was his response.

Anonymous said...

KF, think I would have given 1:12PM a no go on that one.

Anonymous said...

Give him a medal

Anonymous said...

Agree with 4:34. Uncalled for and yucky. Probably drunk or mentally ill. Anyway, the Heidelberg Hotel had a great ballroom. I believe it was suspended on cables. Beautiful view of Jackson too. If I remember correctly, the ladies bathroom cost $.10 to go into a stall. I want to say there were mirrors in the ballroom with regular clear glass and a beautiful navy to royal blue mirror around them. If it wasn't the HH, it was the Edwards. For bridge tournaments, they had to tape sheets over the mirrors.

Anonymous said...

I was raised on Krystal burgers and Primos brownies.

Anonymous said...

Anyone have information the Primos Northgate artesian water well which was open to the public for free bottling?

Anonymous said...

I remember the Potpourri restaurant at D. H. Holmes at Metrocenter. It was a nice place for lunch. Great salad bar.

Anonymous said...

What's a department store?

Asking for a friend! :-)

Anonymous said...

8:00, you still can get Primos fudge squares. Best ever.

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